51, Unemployed, Adelaide
Brett started smoking at the age of 8. He began doing it regularly from the age of 15 where he was smoking about 35-40 cigarettes a day.
Brett was with his father, who was also a heavy smoker when he passed away from lung cancer in 2000.
He developed a very persistent smoker’s cough that got progressively worse as the years went on. It got to the point where he couldn’t sleep and his energy began to drop dramatically. With the combination of a leg injury and his smoking, it became very difficult to get around in his daily life and in 2015, he was diagnosed with emphysema.
“I became a couch potato.” He said, “I was pretty much housebound, it was so hard to get up and do anything, I even had trouble making it to the local shop less than a kilometre away.”
Brett tried a number of methods to try to quit smoking. “I tried patches, tablets, oral strips and cold turkey. All to no avail.”
He switched to vaping in June last year and his doctor told him that his lungs had started to clear. He can now breathe a lot easier, is no longer waking up in the night coughing and can walk around with less difficulty.
He said that he is currently saving nearly $3500 a year since he has been vaping.